Martinsville, VA-- Christmas came early for more than 50 children on Saturday, all thanks to a company in Martinsville. American Global Logistics donated $7,000 to the Salvation Army.
The company wanted to host a Christmas party for children in the community, who probably wouldn't have gotten gifts otherwise.
The Christmas party was probably one the children will never forget. The Salvation Army selected 53 kids to write a wish lists to Santa week ago, and thanks to American Global Logistics, they got everything on their list.
"I really want to see that ahhhh face on there," Blake Schumate said.
That's exactly what Blake Schumate saw, children filled with excitement. Schumate is the operations manager of American Global Logistics in Martinsville. The company has an employee foundation which allows them to donate to a charity of their choice.
"We tried to find partners that would allow us to come in and do a lot of the work,' Schumate said. "Salvation Army was really an awesome fit for us."
The company bought Christmas gifts for dozens of kids whose families are struggling this season.
"It was amazing you know because they took the time," Salvation Army director Lieutenant Lisa Knots said. "They were like so do you think they would like this or do you think they would like that, tell me a little bit more about the child."
"It means the world to me," grandmother Georgia Thomas said. "This is an answer to prayer. God really blessed us and it means so much to me to see my grandchildren happy."
The children also had a nice hot breakfast with their family and did some arts and crafts. Schumate said although the holidays are the busiest time of year, he hopes more companies will take time out of their schedules to help make a difference.
"If other companies can jump on the bus and really just help their local community, you know it sounds cliché but could be a wonderful world," Schumate said.
"They have went way beyond blessing the Salvation Army right here in Martinsville," Lieutenant Knots said.
American Global Logistics now has a year long partnership with the Salvation Army, and even surprised them with much needed new computers on Saturday morning.